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Poster: MrMovie Date: Jun 30, 2005 11:34pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Encoding Comment..........

This section offers up some great PD features and other rare finds. However, who is doing the encoding? The MPEG-2 Files are HUGE! They would be just as crisp and clear at 1/2 of MPEG-2 file size. Has anyone else with a DSL connection attempted to DL a 4.3 gig film. It only takes about 32 hours and I have a darn-high speed connection to boot! The MPEG-1 files for some reason are at a ratio of 320 x 240. I know I'm going to hear from a host of people who are going to defend that ratio, BUT it is not VCD, SVCD DVD or DS-VIDEO Compatible and should be at 352 x 240. Finally, what's with the BRIGHT GREEN BACKGROUND that causes digital-pixel dots when playing back the MPEG-1? Attempting to convert (by rendering the MPEG-1 to the proper ratio) doesn't help clean that mess up either. If one didn't know any better it would appear that due to the size of the MPEG-2 files and incorrect format of the MPEG-1 files someone does NOT want anyone really downloading these files, which of course doesn't make sense since here they are but, only a select few (like some little exclusive club) are really able to do anything with them. Of course, I'm going to get some 'mumbo-jumbo-justification' response to this but that's not going to really help much unless someone would like to offer up their services and put some of these things on DVD for me. I would gladly provide you with all the DVDs you need and then some, plus a few bucks for your time and effort. I find it hard to imagine that I am the only one with this gripe about the encoding of the size of the files on these Feature Films and other 'green' problem. It's ridiculous. I don't know what it would take to reincode these films to something usuable and I seriously doubt my writing about it is going to make it happen. But, to the person who is doing this enconding, you are not being fair to everyone. And that's my opinion.

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Poster: Jaymoon Date: Jul 5, 2005 7:40pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

Well remember, you get what you pay for...

I didn't particularly like the quality of the MPEG-4 version of Charade... This site needs to offer better quality but lower file size... Not everyone is running off some University T3 line... lol

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Poster: Romain D. Date: Jul 3, 2005 12:52am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

The best download option IMHO would be a full-size H264 (MPEG4 AVC) encoding ; it could be of similar quality than the source MPEG2 and much smaller (of course, directly encoding to H264 from the original source would be even better).

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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: Jul 1, 2005 12:13am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

There have been problems with the derived files (MPEG-1 files not legal VCD, corrupt MPEG-4, etc). If you run across such a file, give me a holler and I'll try to rederive them.

Regarding the encoding size of the MPEG-2. Yes, they are big files, but it won't be long from now that such files will be commonplace and won't be such a hassle to deal with. There's no reason to put up a lesser quality MPEG-2 if we really don't have to.

Thinking about the future.
Skip

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Poster: XiangDo Date: Jul 10, 2005 3:39am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

I gave up several months ago trying to produce VCD disks from the MPEG-1 files I found in the Feature Films archive. Every one of them I tried was in 320x240 resolution, and after they were transcoded to 352x240 by my burning software the video quality was significantly degraded and playback was unstable.

From what has been said, do I understand correctly that the MPEG-1 files are automatically created from incoming files? If so, why would 320x240 even be an option, let alone the default resolution?

I agree with the statement that H264 compliant MPEG-4 is attractive for downloading, but what to do with them once you have them? I'm interested in being able to view movies on VCD or DVD disks that I burn, so what can I do with an MPEG-4?

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Poster: MrMovie Date: Jul 1, 2005 3:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

Skip...... Try looking at Penny Serenade. The MPEG 1 is at 320 x 240 has a green inlay and it pixilates during playback after download. That's just one of many that are like that. In Rick's archive (or what I refer to as the main archive) not a single MPEG-1 is in this ridiculous format and the MPEG=2 files are of a 'livable' size.

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Poster: pdmdb.org Date: Jul 1, 2005 6:02am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

MrMovie

I might be able to help you out with copying the MPEG2 files to DVD, depending on how many you want. I've only downloaded 36 of the feature film titles for now, but eventually hope to have a large majority of them.

I've just recently started using the Bittorrent P2P application to distribute some of the larger MPEG2 files among the more popular torrent websites. This is mostly just an experiment to see how well Public Domain material is accepted in the file-sharing crowd.

Feel free to contact me if you like.

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Poster: MrMovie Date: Jul 2, 2005 11:44am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Encoding Comment..........

I may take you up on the offer. I'm going to first attempt to do something with some equipment I have over here on my end that involves a Digital-S Editor/Recorder (Not Super-VHS) a conversion unit and output the stream right from the computer through a Digital conversion board to MPEG2 quality and then reincode in THX and see if that works or not. Might save a lot of time and problems if this works since all of this stuff is already hooked up anyway. I know, no one has even suggested recording the stream because it probably never crossed anyone's mind to even attempt to do that, but one of my associates said why not give it a try since we have all this high tech gear and besides, I can't wait to see what kind of a mess this looks like! lol